Hello. I'm Lisa. One of the new 2017 Creative Team members.
I'm really excited to be with you here today. I hope you will enjoy my scrapbooking creations.
 
I have two layouts for you today, both using the new 'Say Cheese III' collection.
 
The 'Say Cheese' collections are perfect for me as we are a Disney loving family. It's a special year for us as it celebrates 10 years since our first Disney World trip. We are so excited about going back again this Summer. As the excitement is building there's lots of family chat about our previous trips. I tend to just scrapbook each trip and it all goes away in separate scrapbooks, but I wouldn't usually mix the photos from the different trips, so this is what I've done today.     
 
 
 
I've taken one photo from each of the trips. It's so nice to see them all together like this, seeing how the children have changed and grown.
I printed each photo really small, just 1.8 inch square with a thick white border so I could piece them together like a photo strip.
 
I really enjoy using the 12x12 papers that are made up from the journaling cards. They are so fun to use. I have taken the piece with the 3x4 cards and cut two from this piece of paper. I left a small space between the two cards so that my photo strip could have center stage. 
 

 
 
 
I really enjoy using washi tape. I particularly like the tapes from this collection. The red with polka dots just screams Disney out to me, so I had to use this. Red, polka dots and bows, to me this just means Minnie Mouse. The bow is easy to make by sticking the tape down on thin card and trimming the edges. It can then be shaped in to a bow. I used the 'smile' which comes in the pack of 'bits and pieces'. This covers the joins nice and neatly.   
 
 
I used this same technique to make some journal strips. Sticking the tape down to card again and then trimming down in to  thin strips. It's a fun way to add a little journaling. 
 
 
I also used more of the 'Bits and Pieces' and the Rotary Stamp.
Lastly, I took one more of the 3x4 journal cards from that same piece of 12x12 paper and from this card I cut out the word 'LOVE'. The perfect final piece to my page.
 
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For my second project, I decided I was going to frame a piece of art for our Disney inspired gallery wall.
Sometimes I feel it's a shame to file all these happy memories away in scrapbooks.
We take so much time creating these pages, I like to display them in my home too.
Our Disney memories are our happiest memories, so for me I like to create and display.
 
I picked up this 12x12 white photo frame and removed the glass.
I cut a piece of cardstock just slightly larger than the space.  
 
 
I used the Snap Pack this time and took two of the 6x4 cards and stuck them down over lapping one another. I measured the space on the upper journal card so that my photo would fit perfectly.
 
 
I used a mixture of the 'Bits and Pieces' pack and also some of the pieces that come in the Snap Pack.
Some of the pieces are stuck on to the layout and some partially on the layout and the mount and some just on the mount itself, really bringing the project together.
 
 
 
To finish, I took the same polka dot washi once again and stuck it to the edge of my 12x12 frame. I love that extra touch of Disney magic this adds. It really finishes this job off perfectly.  
 
 
This frame now has a home on our Disney gallery wall going up our stairs.
 
 
 
Thank you for stopping by today.
If you've enjoyed this post you can also watch me making these over on my YouTube channel here. And you can find me on Instagram - thefunkyfairy
 
Thank you so much.
Have a magical day xo

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Hi there planner friends, it's Emma here. I'd like to show you how I've set up my Robins Egg A5 Carpe Diem planner with the Easter Simple Set.

The first thing I always do when setting up a planner is make the pockets pretty.  It's really important to me that when I open my planner it makes me smile.  I enjoy fussy cutting flowers and pretty things out to add to my pockets but also backing stickers with cardstock and cutting those out too. 

I like my pockets to be full and to have plenty of depth.

I've used decorative brads and enamel dots from the Faith collection to add texture.

A simple way to tie in the theme is to slide a piece of cardstock in the large side pocket.  This then gives an additional area to decorate.

Using a 3x4 element from the Easter set and a few cut out shapes I've been able to add even more interest to my planner set up. 

Another important aspect of the initial look to my planner theme is the dashboard.  I've layered with papers from the Easter Simple Set and placed more enamel dots on the super cute bunny which I cut out from one of the 3x4 element pieces.

To finish the look I placed the Floral bookmark Tablet in the back pocket and tucked in a floral element from the Faith Bits & Pieces pack to use as a page marker. 

I hope you've enjoyed looking at my Easter planner and reading how I put it together.  See you next month! 

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Hi everyone! It's Tara from Secretbees Studio! This is my first post for the Simple Stories Creative Team and since we are so close to Easter I could not resist making an adorable holiday banner! It was so easy too with this sweet paper collection- so many awesome papers and such cute stickers in the Easter Simple Set!
 
I used my Silhouette to cut an assortment of banner shapes from the beautiful paper collection. Each is approximately 3 inches wide and about the same in length but they do vary a bit. After deciding on the arrangement of the banner flags, I added in more pieces of the charming paper with smaller banner sizes, fishtail flags and scallops. Then came the fun part- adding in all of the super cute stickers!
 
 
I layered and positioned all of the Easter and Spring themed stickers in fun groupings, popping some off the paper for dimension! I tucked in some happy colored enamel dots from the Domestic Bliss and Faith collections because they match so well and really added a nice pop of color!
 
To add in more solid color variety, I cut portions of the 3x4 and 4x6 journaling card elements. The 'Hippity Hoppity' sentiment was also cut from the bottom of one of the journaling elements!
 
 
 
 
The cheery banner flags were strung on twine and I left extra at the ends so it can be tied or hung! I used some of my favorite papers from the collection to create two large rosettes and added those to the ends of the banner, hot gluing them right to the twine. Now to just display this super cute banner for the holiday so my whole family can enjoy it!
 

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Hello Friends! It’s Kristine Davidson with you today and I am excited to share a few layouts and cards with you today. It’s April already and that means it’s time to start scrapbooking those Spring photos and create those special mother’s day layouts.   

This month I decided to play with the NEW Simple Set called MOM.  I had a few layouts in mind but the photos of my mom and I are very few. I need to work on that this summer and get more pictures of her, even if she doesn’t like them! So I dug out some photos that were not necessarily MOM photos but they mean just as much to me. 

This first layout is called Beautiful – It is a picture of my niece who is really growing up way too fast – She took this picture as a selfie and I was in awe of how beautiful she is. 

I created a bit of a simple layout – using a white piece of cardstock and adding patterned paper for a ½ border around the cardstock. This just makes my layout feel like it’s framed.  I then added some strips of paper and did minimal sewing on this page. 

Adding a bit of embellishments to the top left was easy to do with this cute banner sticker and well since I love pop dots and twine that was a given to be included. 

I cut out the “ beautiful “ from a 4x6” journal card in the paper in the collection and added that as my title. Nothing fancy but it adds to my layout. 

It’s quite easy to replicate and of course you can add some journaling and your page is finished. Nothing too fancy and easy for you to create in less than 1 hour!

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My second layout is called Love You – It’s a silly and sweet picture of my kitty as she attempts to get comfortable in one of her kitty trees! My goodness she used to fit in that space so nicely but now she’s getting a bit too grown up for that little space ;) it’s funny to watch her try and get comfy!

I used a piece of cardstock that was cut with my silhouette. I created cut outs for a piece of paper measuring about 2.5” x 2.5” and fit nicely as a grid background. A great way to use scraps too! I then printed her photo in a 4x4” format to fit nicely on this grid layout.

I used minimal amounts of stickers or embellishments. I did add some enamel dots, twine, and did a few layers with the stickers using popdots. 

My title is found on the LOVE YOU sticker, and I added journaling at the bottom right.  

Well I had some left over papers and decided to create a few cards – these are themed for Mother’s Day and YOU can make these too!   I used left over stickers from the Simple Set pack and some twine – nothing else!

I hope you feel inspired to create with this beautiful collection and please share your layouts or cards with us on instagram @SimpleStories_ and you can tag me as well @KristineDavidson

 

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Hey everyone! It’s Lori, and I’m back on the blog sharing more behind-the-scenes from the CHA/Creativation show. Today it’s all about our magical Carpe Diem Say Cheese products!

The Say Cheese Carpe Diem collection brings a smile to everyone’s face! Filled with gorgeous, bright colors, these products are bold, fun and happy!

Take a moment to walk through a virtual tour of the Say Cheese A5 12 Month Planner Insert Set and see all the beautiful and useful products that are included! Inside you’ll find over 270 pieces of planning supplies; 12 monthly tabbed dividers, 72 weekly inserts, 1 main dashboard, 1 acetate dashboard, 6 die-cut dashboards, 1 storage pocket, and 3 A5 sticker sheets!

Inside the Say Cheese A5 12 Month Planner Insert Set, you can decorate your planner just as you want it.  On the countdown for a fabulous summer trip?  Or maybe you want to use the Say Cheese design in your everyday planning, because its just FUN!   Whatever the reason you pick up this design, you can decorate as much or as little as you like.

If you’re using the products from the Say Cheese Carpe Diem collection on your next trip to theme park heaven, grab a few of our Say Cheese Doc-It Journals to carry along on your daily adventures. Use them as autograph booklets or for recording cool things that happened throughout your day.

Are you super excited to start your magical planning off right? If you are, head to one of your local retailers and ask for this insert set today!

To locate an online store or retailer near you, check out our store locator. Be sure to call ahead to make sure they have this insert set in-stock, because they’re selling quickly!

Can’t wait to get inspired? Be sure to follow our Live Love Plan Pinterest board for more than 600! Carpe Diem Planner ideas and inspiration!  

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Hello everyone ! Welcome to the blog today. It's Mindi here and I am so happy to be sharing some SN@P! pages with you today. This upcoming year I will be working in the 6x8 albums and telling smaller stories about my family/individual family members. Today though I am going to be sharing some pages made with the Soccer Simple Set
 
Here is a look at the first spread that I put together. My oldest daughter wanted to try out soccer last spring and so we signed her up in a non competitive league here in town. During the course of the year I took a few fun photo shoot type photos of her. I decided to make the first photo of this particular series a full 6x8 photo of her. I added some journaling up at the top and then added an arrow sticker on each side for some simple embellishments. I did strive throughout this pages to have a cohesive and simple look and design. The Simple Sets make it so easy to make that happen, they are perfect for these types of projects. 
 
 
It turned out that I had a lot photos from the season that I wanted to try and include. These 2x2 Insta Pocket pages were perfect. They allowed me to add in more photos and also to have a little bit of fun with some of the patterned papers. I really didn't want or need all those pockets so I trimmed off the top row for a fun look. 
 
I knew that I wanted to include that word sticker that says Soccer somewhere. I decided to add it onto the outside of the page protector and add it right in the middle of the page protector. That got me thinking that I could use it and the clear page protector as a see thru element to the next page. I positioned my journaling just right so that the word soccer was on top of my photos journaling on the next page. Once I had that figured out I filled in the extra pockets with photos and patterened papers plus stickers. 
 
 
The other side of the trimmed off page protector looks like this. I did more of the same, adding in photos and papers. I kept it pretty simple as to keep with a simple look throughout the album. The backside of the Soccer sticker I debated whether or not to add something to it but ended up leaving it and adding a few of the stickers on the backside. The rest of the pockets I took some of the stickers from the sticker sheet and simply embellished them. 
 
 
On this right side of the second page I focused on talking about practices and added some photos from the Monday night practices. I want to point out one thing on this page. There was a journaling card that I went ahead and cut up and used the parts of the card throughout these pages. I spread out these fun stat boxes and added number stickers inside the boxes. If you like a particular part of a card or even a word on a card go ahead and cut it up and use it in different ways. This is a simple way to customize your own pages that is simple and fun. Go ahead and get creative. 
 
 
 
Here is what the next set of pages looks like.
 
 
This set of photos and stories are all about the team photos and game days. Even though the team photos were poor quality I am so happy that they even did team photos and wanted to add them in to the album. I added in a journaling card that I created with some of the stickers from the sticker sheet. I just love those colored arrows and used them all up. 
 
 
This photo of my daughter was another one that they took and was small and poor quality. I took some patterened paper and cut it into a triangle shape and added it onto a 4x6 piece of white cardstock. Then I added my photo, a few strips of patterened paper and another one of those stat boxes to the left corner. I finished off with her name and a few more stickers on the other side. 
 
 
Here is a look at the last spread that I created. 
 
 
These pages were filled with some misc. photos and a few journaling cards. I made my own 4x6 journaling card using some of the stickers and strips of patterned paper. Those soccer ball stickers are so adorable and I was always saying " Go Katelyn" so it was perfect to use the soccer ball as a O in the word GO. 
 
 
 
Thanks so much for coming over to the blog today. I had so much fun putting these SN@P! pages together for my daughter's album. Have a great day ! 
 
 
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6x8 SN@P! Faux Leather Album - Black #4037 
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Hi planner friends!  I’m back to show you how I’m using the Faith Collection as a little reminder and daily inspiration in my Carpe Diem planner.
 
 
With all the beautiful and bold colors in this collection, I filled all of the pockets with the 3x4 journaling card elements, matching clips, and the bits n’ pieces.
 

Instead of a dashboard for this month, I made a simple pocket folder with a Charity cardstock paper by folding the paper up 3” and folding it in half vertically.  Then trim to fit an A5 and hole punch into planner.  I use the pocket to store extra sticker sheets and other little papers I don’t want to lose.  I also made a bookmark from tracing a manila tag and adding some ephemera and decorative brads.  You leave it unpunched and slip it into one of the pockets, or punch it and use for mark off specific pages.

This collection also includes a Home Sticker tablet that includes sheets of stickers that are perfect for planning.  I used a lot of the icons for chores and shopping and some of the box stickers from the 4x6 collection.  

For my monthly spread, I mostly used the Faith Sticker Tablet because it contains a variety of functional and decorative icons that can be used on a calendar.  I also utilized the Faith Roller Stamp in a few boxes and the Believe cardstock across the top border to add a pop of color.

On the weekly spread, I used the 4x6 stickers sheets from the Faith collection, the Believe washitape across the bottom trim, and ephemera pieces to fill in the blank spaces.  I also punched the manila tag I made and used as page marker for my weekly pages.  

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I’m using the beautiful Faith collection and hopefully it brings you some inspiration into your daily or weekly planning routine.  Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you next month!

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Hello! Jana Eubank here with my first post as a new Creative Team member! I'm so excited to be here! Simple Stories is one of my very favorite paper companies and I adore working with their collections.
 
Today I have two scrapbook pages for you. The first one is documenting my children enjoying their Easter baskets on Easter morning. 
 
 
I cut a couple of angled strips of the Hip Hop Hooray paper (using both of the patterns) to go across the top and bottom of my page.
 
In the top right corner I created a fun embellishment cluster by tucking several stickers into one of the strips. The two phrase stickers and floral sticker help to visually anchor the cluster.
 
 
For my title, I fussy-cut the "Happy Easter" from the 4x6 journaling Cards Elements Paper. I added the adorable bunny face sticker (my favorite!) to the left and then sprinkled in several of the heart stickers. I matted each of the heart stickers with white cardstock, so that they had the same feel to the other stickers I was using on the page.
 
 
I loved the little saying on the Easter Egg 4x6 Journaling Card and wanted to add it to the bottom of my page. I used my trimmer to cut it out and then adhered it below the photos. I placed Easter eggs and the cute little chick on either end as accents.
 
 
I love these adorable patterns from this set! They help add a spring-timey feel to these Easter morning photos even though my kids are still in their pajamas. LOL!
 
 
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When my daughter turned eight years old, she was baptized by my husband. I couldn't wait to use the adorable Faith collection to record her special day and into our memory books!
 
 
I loved the navy Shine Paper with all of it's inspirational messages and decided to use that paper as the base to my layout. I clustered together several fun phrase stickers and hearts in the corners of my two photos to help tie them in with the title and draw your eye around the page.
 
 
I love these photos of my daughter and my husband, they were just radiating with goodness that day and the hearts and flowers perfectly convey my full heart and emotions as I looke at these two special people in my life!
 
 
I die cut my title using my Silhouette Cameo machine. I cut each phrase/letter out of two colors of cardstock to create a shadow effect. The letters of the word "heart" are embossed with an embossing folder to add more texture. I think they help repeat the cute fleck pattern of the pink and yellow photo mats at the top of the page, too!
 
 
To the left of the title I fussy-cut some of the feathers from a journaling card to use as a page accent. I added white crochet twine to the stem of each feather for more texture. 
 
The feathers and title are all anchored on a strip of striped Grace paper. On the right side of the strip I added two of the epoxy metal clips. Aren't they cute?! I love adding in different textures, like metal, to my pages. The epoxy at the top of the clips and on the decorative brads add a bit of shine, too!
 
 
I hoped you enjoyed seeing my pages today and that they inspired you to scrapbook some of your favorite family memories!
 
Thanks for coming by! See you again soon!

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Hello everyone! Leah here with you today, excited to share a new planner setup with you! When I saw the new Recipe Planner Inserts from Simple Stories, I was super excited to put them to use! For years, I have been scribbling recipes onto whatever pieces of paper I could find. I kept meaning to organize them all in one place, but just never seemed to get around to it. As a result, I often misplace recipes and have to go searching for them online again, or I have to remake my own recipes and try to remember how I did it the first time. I have finally gathered all of my written recipes and am beginning the SLOW process of copying them into my new recipe planner.

I set up the Recipe inserts in my platinum Carpe Diem planner. The Recipe planner collection only comes with a few products other than the insert pack, so I also used several products from the Domestic Bliss collection to decorate with. As always, I started setting up this planner by decorating the front pockets. 

In the pockets, I used several cards from the Domestic Bliss SN@P! pack. I rounded the corners of some cards, punched a circle out of another and made a couple of tags. I also used several of the die cut pieces. In the top pocket, I layered some washi tape and a couple of stickers from the Recipe sticker tablet.

I love how this little tag turned out! I cut the tag from a 3x4 SN@P! card and the flower is one of the 2x2 cards. I layered some doily pieces behind the card to add some texture and interest. 

On the right side of the planner, I have a few decorative dashboards from the Recipe insert pack. This is my favorite one because I LOVE lemons! 

The front cover dashboard is so pretty, I didn’t need to add any extra décor! 

I labeled my dividers using stickers from the Recipe sticker tablet. I have the planner sectioned into favorites, salads, main dishes, side dishes, desserts and sauces. I felt like most of my recipes would fit within these categories. Similar to my last blog post about my wellness planner setup, I am again using metal epoxy clips on my dividers to make it easier to open up to each section. These clips are from the Domestic Bliss collection. 

One of my favorite pages from the Recipe inserts is this simple one that says “from the kitchen of” with a blank for you to put your name or family name. I used some alpha stickers to spell out “The O’Neils” and included a few photos of my husband and I, then added a bit more interest with a doily and some bakers twine. 

The first recipe I put into the planner, in the “side dishes” section, was our favorite mac n’ cheese recipe! I included a photo of the dish but glued it to a card and added a tab. Underneath are the instructions for making the dish.

On the left side of the planner, I added another one of the decorative dashboards from the Inserts pack. Isn’t this Mason jar adorable?! I even gave it a little tag and bow to dress it up!  

I am really in love with this planner and am so happy to have a place to organize all of my favorite recipes and future recipes to come! It will take me some time to get all of them transferred into here, but I know it will be so worth it in the end. No more lost recipes! I hope to be able to take photos of each finished recipe eventually and create my own family cookbook.   

I am so happy to be back with Simple Stories creating for another term this year! I look forward to bringing you lots more inspiration for how to use your Carpe Diem planners. The possibilities for the many ways you can use your planner are endless and Simple Stories is giving us so many great options with all the new insert packs from the Spring collection. Check them all out here! I hope you will come find me over on Instagram @sunny.leah and say hello. Also, if you haven’t seen the Simple Stories Instagram lately, be sure to hurry over and check out the AMAZING giveaway going on right now! 

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Hey there! It’s Lori again, and today I’m sharing more behind-the-scenes from the CHA/Creativation show. Today it’s all about our awesome Carpe Diem Emoji Love products!

The Emoji Love Carpe Diem collection is filled with OMGs, LOLs, and of course, emojis! Great for young and not-so-young planner users, this line has a little something for everyone!

Take a moment to walk through a virtual tour of the Emoji Love A5 12 Month Planner Insert Set and see all the FUN & functional products that are included!  Inside you’ll find over 270 pieces of goodies: 12 monthly tabbed dividers, weekly inserts, 1 main dashboard, 1 acetate dashboard, 6 die-cut dashboards, 1 storage pocket, and 3 A5 sticker sheets!

Inside the Emoji Love A5 12 Month Planner Insert Set, you can record your goals, birthdays, #TBHs and #LOLs. Clip and bookmark your pages with our Decorative Clips so you can flip to pages easily.

The 3 pages of Emoji Love stickers included in the insert set are filled with bitty emojis to accent line items in your planner, flags, labels and tabs as well. Aren’t these adorable?!

If the emojis don’t have you falling in love, the colors, the punchy acronyms, and the inspiring designs will surely have you twitterpated!

Grab your Emoji Love Insert Set at a participating retailer soon! To locate an online store or retailer near you, check out our store locator. Be sure to call ahead to make sure they have this insert set in-stock, because they’re selling quickly!

Can’t wait to get inspired? Be sure to follow our Live Love Plan Pinterest board for more than 600! Carpe Diem Planner ideas and inspiration!  

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As the month comes to a close and we look towards the rest of 2017 and the exciting things we have in store for you this year,  we say a fond farewell to some of the amazing ladies on this past year's creative team. 

As J.M. Barrie, creator of Peter Pan, said -

"Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.”

We'll never forget these talented designers we've had with us and the contributions they've each made to Simple Stories and the amazing growth we've experienced this past year.  So, rather than saying goodbye, we'll say a very fond farewell.

We thank these wonderful ladies for sharing their art with us the last 12 months, and for a number of them, the last several years.  We are deeply thankful for their contributions to Simple Stories and the creative ways they have shown you how to use our products -

Alexandra Sirgue-Macleod

Allie Stewart

Jennie Garcia

Laura Whitaker

Marcia Dehn-Nix

Mary-Ann Maldonado

Meka Allen

Missy Whidden

Shei Garcia Pena

Stacy Koo

Theresa Doan

Vicki Boutin

 

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Hello friends! It's Jennifer here to share a fun mini album I created using the new Say Cheese III collection!  I am usually a layout girl but my second love is making mini albums! The SN@P! 4x6 Albums are the perfect size to document your favorite event or trip! Each binder come with a variety of pocket pages as well as eight different journal inserts! I was thrilled to see that Simple Stories added to their Say Cheese collection as all of the lines coordinate!  Of course a new collection means new embellishments such as washi tape, enamel dots, and decorative pins!  

I also love when a plaid print is included in a line; my eye instantly goes to that page and I can't wait to use it!  I layered a strip of the B side of Magical Memories  one of the 4x6 cards from the Say Cheese III SN@P! Pack.  I typed up my journaling on my electric typewriter then added a cute Epoxy Metal Clip and a strip of the 100% Fun Washi Tape!  To accent my journaling, I stamped some sentiments with the Say Cheese III Roller Stamp

The journal pages include grid and ledger prints which are my favorite! They are great for adding larger photos or telling more of your story!  I trimmed my photo down to 4x4 so I could add more embellishments! I layered pieces from the Bits and Pieces pack as well as the SN@P! Pack.  

Here is one of many different pocket pages included with your SN@P! Binder! I used 3x4 cards from the SN@P pack to include about my photo (I love the look on my son's face! LOL).    An easy trick to add depth to your page

I also love the 2x2 slot that are perfect as an accent page in your book!  I used inserts from the SN@P! Pack as well as the smaller stickers from the 4x6 Sticker Sheets.  It's always fun, too, to make a "shaker" space with sequins and smaller die cuts.  

I love utilizing the 3x4 Journaling Cards along with the SN@P Pack pieces! I added a strip of the cute Photo Op Washi Tape to the side of my journaling card. The 2x2 pockets paired with the 4x4 is a fun combo to add smaller accents such as the cut out stars and hearts from the Combo Sticker Sheet

I like to add my own flair to some of the cards in my pocket pages. I used strips of paper underneath the "Castle" Decorative Brad for one of my cards. Also using a favorite hand punch, such as a pennant is a great way to accent your card.   

​Thank you for stopping by today! You can check out the Say Cheese Collections in their entirety by clicking HERE! Have a great day!

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Howdy friends, it's Layle here, marketing director at Simple Stories.  I'm super excited to share a new quarterly blog feature that I'll be doing with our friends at Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine!  Every quarter I'll be sharing a post on their blog about how I've set up my Carpe Diem planner for the upcoming month & insight into how I'm using my planner.

This month I've not only used my planner as a calendar, but also as a Home Planner - I'm loving the way it's progressing!  Below you'll see how I've approached the Home Planning 'stuff'; you'll find more of how I've set up the calendar side of my planner here on their blog to see the rest of April.  

After setting up the month I added the Home Insert Set to my planner along with the Home Doc It Journal to really start getting our home life organized.  You guys!  The Home Insert Set is the bomb & I'm not just saying that because I have to! :)  Seriously, it has EVERYTHING you need to set up a home planner!

Decorative dashboards, a pocket, three full sticker sheets, 6 tabbed dividers AND inserts for the dividers including menu plan, bill payment checklists, budgets, to do lists and more.

This sweet insert (included in the set) is at the start of my planner :)

The pocket is perfect for coralling the receipts, bills, etc that always seem to be floating around our house.  I added the 'get stuff done' card to the front of the pocket - that needs to be my mantra!

I made this functional, reusable To Do list from another card from the SN@P! Pack and Vertical 4x6 Pocket Page.  I punched the extra holes, inserted the card in the pocket to create a dry erase board, of sorts, & then used a WET erase marker to write my list on top of the pocket page.  I emphasized a wet erase marker vs dry - after several attempts, I found that the dry erase was geting streaked as this was a heavily used area of my planner; wet insures the writing will stay until I'm ready for it to come off.  As I complete things, I can take a damp paper towel to 'erase' an item and then add another in its place.  

The tabbed dividers in the insert set have me super excited!  I added stickers from the HOME A5 Sticker Tablet to label them.  I have all kinds of ideas of what I'm going to include in each of the sections.  But the one I am MOST excited about is the Menu Plan - 

First off, how stinkin' cute is the divider?!  'What's for dinner?' - heard repeatedly, every night of the week, every week of the year, year in and year out.  Am I right?!

I added the Menu Plan inserts included in the Insert Set.  And guess what, those Menu Inserts are also sold separately so you can have plenty to keep planning your menus :)

I don't know about you guys, but I feel like I'm constantly scratching my head, trying to come up with a menu for the week.  With these Menu Inserts, I can keep these sheets from week to week and store them in another planner - possibly with the Recipe Inserts!  When I'm sitting down on Sunday to plan the menu for the week, I can grab the past menus and just use those.  HOORAY!!  Can't wait to start doing that.  I'm all about making life easier :)

The last thing I put together as I strive to get things more organized is this spread in the Home Doc It Journal.  I love use Travelers Notebook 'style' notebooks like this for my lists - if you know me, you know how I love my lists!  I'm a big list maker/follower, & if I can cuten them up while I'm making them, why not?  This list, inspired by the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, hits all of the main areas I need to 'purge' in our house.  As I tackle these areas, I'll continue using the journal to keep notes, track progress, etc

The best thing? It slides right in the back pocket of my planner - that way I always have it with me!

So there you have it!  I'm feeling pretty motivated to get the rest of those dividers set up & start tackling that hefty To Do list!  

You’ll find me on Instagram here at @laylekoncar if you want to take a peek at more of my planners & Traveler’s Notebooks!  I'll catch you next month :)

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Hello Simple Stories friends! Marcia here today for some layout inspiration with the beautiful Simple Stories Faith collection. This collection has some gorgeous pattern papers along with faith based die cuts and verses and can definitely be used for scrapbooking and cardmaking in addition to Bible journaling. 

 

For my first layout I Have No Greater Joy, I am not scrapping a religious photo but the photo goes well with the biblical verse I chose to use for my title. I used one of my favorite pattern papers for the background. I didn't want to cover too much of the paper up, so I die cut a larger title and used a single photo in the lower corner. 

 

 

The negative space of my title is backed with white cardstock and to emphasize the word Joy, I backed it with a pretty floral pattern paper. Then I added the die cut words using a script font in navy over the top. Mixing fonts and colors in a title adds interest.

 

 

I kept the embellishments to a minimum, using only the chipboard sticker butterflies, enamel dots, and a couple of stickers.

 

 

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For my second layout I really wanted to scrap some photos from my nephew's baptism. In I Am A Child Of God, I used a big sun die cut to symbolize God's grace. I love how bright and happy this turned out.

 

 

I added texture by machine stitching the yellow sun rays. The Grace chipboard sticker adds dimension as does the butterfly.

 

 

I love this cute little sheep Bits & Pieces die cut. The verse was perfect for my baptism photos too.

 

 

Under the photos you can see one of the Faith collection's washi tapes with words of inspiration adorning it. Isn't it beautiful! I embellished with some chipboard sticker flowers, decorative brads and enamel dots.

 

 

The 3x4 journaling card makes for a perfect title.

 

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great week!

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Howdy friends, it's Layle here, marketing director at Simple Stories.  I'm super excited to share a new bi-monthly blog feature that creative team member Leah O'Neil will be doing with our friends at Creative Scrapbooker magazine!  Every other month Leah will be sharing ampost on their blog showing how she decorates and uses her Carpe Diem planner to organize her life, to document the past and present and to plan for the future.  

A few weeks ago Leah shared a very personal post here on our blog about how she is using one of her planners to track and manage her emotional and physical health and anxiety.  She shared a lot in that original post about why & how she set up her planner to help her do that, you can read it and see more photos here

Leah's first post with Creative Scrapbooker magazine dives further into her wellness planner and shows a few specific projects in her planner using the Faith collection.  Here's a little eye candy from her post; head on over to Creative Scrapbooker to see more of Leah's gorgeous work in her planner!

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We’re happy to announce we’ve added some great new cut files to our Silhouette store that you're sure to LOVE & ADORE!  

Visit Simple Stories here in the Silhouette online store & check out these new cut files along with thousands more of your favorite Simple Stories designs!

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Hello everyone ! This is Mindi here and I want to welcome you to the blog today. I am going to be sharing some pocket pages using the new Emoji Love collection. I wish I could insert a bunch of Heart Eyed Emoji's right here to try and express my love for this collection. It is so cute and the colors are perfect. Let's get to it shall we. 
 
Here is what both of my pages look like together. I am so happy that my photos matched the products very well. I always try to make an effort and match them up the best I can to similar colors and products. 
 
 
For my title card this time I chose to go with this colorful ink splattered pattern Journaling Card. It was perfect to add some misc. embellishments to. I choose to add in my everyday stories and photos that were all from week 9 and I love how the Emoji collection was a great fit. 
 
 
Back in January we went out to a local park and took some fun photos of my daughter Maddie. She is obsessed with Emoji's and I had bought her this Emoji themed shirt and hat. I thought that it would be fun to take some birthday photos in her Emoji attire. Even though the photos were taken a few months ago I knew that I wanted to include some in her birthday week. She turned 10 this particular week. I journaled about her and her Emoji love on this first journaling card. The next pocket has a close up of her Emoji hat. I was beyond thrilled when this collection came out, especially since she had this pink hat and shirt that totally matched the color scheme. 
 
 
Here is a close up of the journaling card and photo. I knew I wanted to use this chipboard unicorn somewhere on this spread and since Maddie loves unicorns it seemed to fit. I also added a label on the bottom of the journaling card and added some stamps from the roller date stamp. 
 
 
Here is one last look at the left side of my spread. 
 
 
This is the right side. More everyday life, blooming flowers, pizza days and more emoji's. 
 
 
During this week we have been spending some time outside and even went away for a few days over the weekend. I added a few different photos of the outdoors and I was so happy that they matched the color scheme so well. 
 
When I am putting together my spreads I typically will include a few 3x4 photos and then adding in journaling cards. I was able to add in a few fun stories about the week including one of them on that texting card. That card was so perfect for this day and age. I am not sure about you but I go to great lengths to add as many emoji's as possible in some of my texts. Especially the ones to my family. It will be fun to look back on this little piece of popular culture in the future. I added that clear sticker that says Talk Emoji To Me. It was one of my favorites and I am so happy that I was able to add it in this weeks spread. 
 
 
We happened to have a pizza night this week. I was out shopping with Maddie one night. We were out way later that we had planned and so I texted my husband and asked him to pick up some pizza for dinner. I snapped a photo of the empty pizza box the next day and decided to add the photo in a 3x4 size. That allowed me to add my story alongside my photo all in one 4x6 slot. 
 
 
One last close up that I want to point out. Over the weekend we had this amazing sunset that I wanted to document. I kept the embellishing simple with only adding a few labels in the bottom corner of the photo. I added a few random stamps from the roller stamp and then finished it off with a clear sticker and some enamel dots. 
 
 
That is a wrap for me everybody. Thanks so much for coming to the blog today. I want you guys to know that the emoji collection can be for so many different projects and scrapbook pages. It was so fun to work with and I hope I have given you some inspiration. 

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Hello Simple Stories friends and welcome back to the blog today. Chantalle with you and I am excited to share two pages where I have made stickers a main focus for my background. The 4x6 sticker packs are definitely a favourite of mine, as each comes with a wonderful variety of alphabets, phrases, shapes and more! Indulge and use up a whole sheet on your next project, I dare you!
 
More Precious Than Jewels
 
This page, featuring my beautiful niece, was inspired by the cross pattern on a sheet of Faith ‘Believe’. I absolutely love all the prints in this line but I felt this one had a positive (excuse the pun!) and youthful feel. 
 
 
You’ll notice I have used a lot of tone on tone here. I like to do this when I want to add depth but keep focus. I started with a hint of floral foil and then layered a sheet of alphabet stickers over the top. This formed my base, over which I could add my elements.
 
 
In order to keep your sticker sheet intact, peel the backing paper off very slowly. Note: You may need to use one hand to steady the upward pull as you peel the paper back. Then, lay the stickers down on your project and again, carefully peel the rest of the paper surrounding the letters, off.
 
 
I’ve chosen to work in a sort of T-shape and being black and white, I think the photo stands out quite well against the more subtle colours. As I mentioned above, I’ve used lots of elements in a similar tone to bring the page to life. Lots of stickers - both cardstock and chipboard. The die cut shape provides the title and the stickers bring up the rear with little positive notes! 
 
 
I’ve die cut a few floral shapes using the awesome ‘believe’ paper again and brought out some of the pink tones with a hint of ‘Charity'. (The delicate florals of this paper also help to tie in the floral theme together.)
 
 
As always, I like to make use of little details to finish my projects off. Enamel dots are also a go-to for me. How adorable do these Reset Girl heart enamel shapes look! 
 
 
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My next page, There’s an Emoji for That,  also uses a whole bunch of stickers to build up the background.  
 
 
I can’t help but be drawn to the sweet circular faces in this Emoji Love collection. The circular shape calls me! haha. 
 
I first thought to use a square photo but it just didn’t look right. I trimmed the photo into a circle instead and it instantly looked better!  I loved the bold black and white script of ‘Be a Unicorn’ but it would’ve overpowered the page, so I’ve cut a large circle as a base shape and placed it on some white cardstock and then, laid my stickers over the top. You’ll notice the design of this page is similar to the one above, but this time it draws the eye predominantly down the page, instead of across. 
 
 
These rectangular sticker shapes from a pack of Emoji Love 4x6 Stickers are fabulous for use in Carpe Diem planners as well as any other paper projects! I love folding them over the top of pages or using them in a title. Here, I have used two sheets of these stickers (removing one or two that I didn’t think added anything to the page) which left behind a few gaps, but I quite like the effect!
 
 
To give them a bit of a less ‘structured’ feeling, I have also used the excess bit of the sticker paper and used it as an overlay.
 
 
The title phrase was snipped from a sheet of Emoji Love 4x4 Elements.  Journalling cards are such a great resource - they can give you extra wording, phrases and shapes to hand cut. Plus, you get a few on a single sheet of paper - great value!  Other elements on this page include die cuts from the Bits & Pieces pack, decorative brads, some roller stamping and a few little hand-drawn elements using some coloured pens.
 
 
OMG - such fun! ;)
 
 
 
Thank you so much for stopping by today!  'Til next time!
 

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